Nonimmigrant Visas

We are currently processing visa renewal cases submitted in June 2021

Availability of visa interviews per nonimmigrant visa category

  • Quito
    • F, M, J, C1/D, E, H, L, O, P, R, U, and T or medical emergency B1/B2s visa applications for Ecuadorian citizens or legal permanent resident in Ecuador.
  • Guayaquil
    • Medical emergency B1/B2s visa applications for Ecuadorian citizens or legal permanent resident in Ecuador.

If you qualify under any of these categories, please follow the instructions on https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ec/niv to schedule your appointment.

For Immigrant visa information, please check the Immigrant Visa section: https://ec.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/.

Important information for applicants renewing a visa

The U.S. Mission to Ecuador continues to process visa applications as swiftly and efficiently as possible. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adjudicated more than 150,000 nonimmigrant visa applications, and continue to process many thousand more applications every week, however, our ability to process visa applications is limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic related operational restrictions.

Due to the conditions previously mentioned, we have temporarily stopped accepting interview waiver program (IWP) visa renewal applications.  These are renewals that do not required an in-person interview.  If you believe you are eligible to renew your visa through the IWP program, we encourage you to wait to renew your visa.  Please monitor this webpage regularly for updates about the resumption of IWP processing (currently estimated – January 2022) and submit your application for a IWP process when it resumes.

Criteria to qualify for a Interview Waiver Program (IWP) visa renewal:

  1. You must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of Ecuador.
  2. If you are not an Ecuadorian citizen but are a legal permanent resident of Ecuador, your last visa must have been issued in Ecuador.
  3. You must be renewing a visa in the same classification.
  4. The visa you are renewing must be a multiple entry full validity visa.
  5. The visa you are renewing must either still be valid or expired fewer than 48 months ago.

Please review our section with specific visa inquiries in response to COVID-19.

How to Apply for a Visa

Please visit our Official Visa Information and Appointment System website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

The Department of State is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while ensuring the security of U.S. borders and the American people. Additional information on the visa process can be found at travel.state.gov.

Please be aware that all visa applicants will go through Embassy security checks prior to entering the Consular Section..

The following items are not permitted in the Consular Section:

  • Purses
  • Briefcases
  • Electronics
  • Cell phones
  • Food
  • Drinks

Only minors under 18 years old, elderly and handicapped applicants can be accompanied.

  • All visa applicants between 14 and 79 years old, except for diplomatic or official visas, will be fingerprinted before the interview. The electronic scanning procedure takes only a few seconds and does not use ink.
  • If fingers are bandaged or are otherwise unprintable because of temporary conditions (e.g., cuts, blisters, wounds of any character, etc.) the visa applicant will not be interviewed that day and must reschedule the interview within a year from the date of the visa application fee payment, when the temporary conditions have healed.
  • Travelers entering the U.S. will have their fingerprints matched to those collected at the time of the visa application to prevent the use of the visa by anyone other than the individual to whom it was issued.
  • Visa applicants who decline to have their fingerprints scanned will not be able to complete the visa application.

You should arrive to the consulate 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Every effort will be made to ensure a minimal wait time, however unforeseen circumstances and high volume of applications make wait times unpredictable.

The documents required for the interview (forms, supporting documents, etc.) vary according to the category of visa you are requesting.  For detailed information please review categories of visas.  It is important that all forms are filled out completely and truthfully.

NOTE: If you have an urgent need to travel to the United States due to an emergency, please review the criteria for expedited appointments below.  If you feel that your circumstances fall within the listed situations, you may request an expedited appointment through the appointment system at https://usvisa-info.com/.  You may be asked to provide supporting documentation.

The following situations may qualify for expedited appointments or as emergencies:

  • Medical emergency; a written note from the attending physician indicating the specific nature of the emergency must be provided.  The note must include the physician’s contact information.
  • Death of an immediate family member; a written note or report from a competent authority in the U.S., indicating where and when the death occurred must be provided.
  • Business emergency, defined as an event that could not be foreseen, and does not generally include conference travel; a letter on company letterhead explaining the urgent and last-minute nature of the travel must be provided.
  • Students, where the required I-20 or DS-2019 was delayed; the approval date of the I-20 or DS-2019 must reflect this delay.
  • Citizens of Visa Waiver Countries whose passport was lost or stolen while visiting Ecuador.

If your passport with a valid or expired U.S. visa is stolen or lost, please report the incident immediately to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that is closest to your residence, including a copy of the police report, a signed declaration by you notifying us of the incident, a copy of your identity card, and a telephone number in case we need to contact you, to:

Attention: Non-Immigrant Visas
In Guayaquilnivguayaquil@state.gov
In Quitofraudequito@state.gov

If you want to obtain another tourist visa please visit the Visa Services page:  https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-EC/

On the day of your interview, you should bring a copy of the police report if you have not already reported it to the Embassy or Consulate, and an original Migratory Movement document. You can obtain the Migratory Movement from the Immigration Police.

Please note that once your passport is reported stolen or lost, the visa will be electronically cancelled, which means that it cannot again be used to travel to the United States.